Bullying Prevention

The Westlake Middle School community defines bullying as a variety of negative acts carried out repeatedly over a period of time. Any acts of bullying  are against the school Code of Conduct and will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. Through Advisory sessions, classroom presentations, review of the code of conduct, students are learning to identify the types of bullying and coping skills to address them. Types of bullying are:

Verbal

  • Mocking, name calling or taunting
  • Malicious teasing about appearance, clothing, personal possessions, ethnic background, religious affiliation, etc.
  • Verbal threats of aggression and/or violence

Psychological

  • Gossiping, embarrassing someone or spreading rumors
  • Excluding from group or social rejection
  • manipulating social relationships
  • Intimidation 

Physical

  • Any physical contact, such as hitting, kicking, pushing, shoving, spitting, tripping
  • Defacing, kicking or stealing personal property
  • Demeaning or humiliating acts 

Cyber Bullying

  • Inappropriate use of e mail, text messaging and/or social media which exposes, interferes  and/or infringes on the general health, safety or welfare of another student

TRANSITION FROM FIFTH TO SIXTH GRADE

Benefits

  • The transition activities provide an opportunity for professional dialogue between the Columbus Elementary School and Westlake Middle School personnel.
  • The transition process for 6th graders is on-going and includes parents.
  • Opportunities are provided for parents and staff to discuss student expectations, goals, growth and development.
Spring
  • Solicitation of music choices
  • Counselor attends special education articulation and C.S.E. meetings at Columbus Elementary School
  • Placement recommendations by elementary teachers and remedial and learning specialists
  • Counselor meets with 5th Grade teachers at Columbus Elementary School to complete the articulation form   
  • 5th grade visitation at middle school
    • 5th grade students and 6th grade buddies spend the morning together in classes
    • Panel discussion by current 6th grade students
  • 5th and 6th grade evening Parent Orientation Presentation
  • Follow-up contact with individual elementary teachers as needed
  • Special Education services scheduled
  • Mass scheduling begins
  • Special Education services scheduled
  • Mass scheduling begins

TRANSITION FROM FIFTH TO SIXTH GRADE

July

  • Student scheduling with administration
August
  •  Familiarize oneself with the school’s floor plan
  •  Locker tryouts and set up
  •  Resolve schedule problems
September
  •  Welcome Assembly
  •  Students meet the guidance team
  •  New student lunch
  •  Small Lunch groups throughout the year – Transition follow-up

EIGHTH TO NINTH GRADE TRANSITION PROGRAMS

Transition Programs

  • Parent Conference-as requested to discuss their child’s educational progress in the middle school as well as personal and social growth development and concerns.
  • Recommendations for Westlake High School classes are made through the counselor’s coordination with current eighth grade teachers. This includes Regents and Honor Classes.
  • Counselor collaborates with the high school to schedule a high school visit which includes introduction to staff, presentations and a panel of high school students.
Private School Applications
  •  The 8th grade counselor completes private school applications as requested. This involves coordinating teacher recommendations, sending reports, contacting schools, etc.

February
  • The eighth grade counselor coordinates recommendations based on criteria listed in the course catalog.

EIGHTH TO NINTH GRADE TRANSITION PROGRAMS

March

  • Individual scheduling appointments are made for 8th graders and their families to choose 9th grade classes with their high school counselors. Meetings take place in the high school guidance office with their new counselor.
  • When possible, high school counselors attend 8th grade annual review meetings for students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a Section 504 Accommodation Plan to ensure plans will appropriately meet individual needs for when students come to the high school.

April

  • Eighth grade visitation scheduled by the high school Guidance Department. 8th grade students are invited to spend three periods at the high school. Students are broken up into small groups and rotate among different activities which include informal sessions with the Principal, Assistant Principal and Guidance Counselors. Various topics covered range from extracurricular activities to high school expectations. One period is spent with a panel of high school student representatives who explain what life is like in the high school. The panel’s focus is to address eighth graders’ questions and concerns as well as explain the many opportunities available at the high school. During this day 8th grade students also fill out questionnaires which help match them up with high school mentors. 

June

  • Middle school counselors coordinate the paperwork for Regent students who have to attend summer school and take or retake the NYS assessment.